Politicians in Enköpings have this week approved a proposal which will allow the local government to reserve all available apartments owned by the municipal property company for migrants.
Swedes on the waiting list for housing in the locality are going to have to to queue for considerably longer than they expected because in the coming months, most vacant apartments owned by Enköpings Housing Rentals (EHB) will be assigned to migrants granted residence permits.
“We are in a tough position because there are very many people who are looking for housing, but we have an obligation to provide housing for newly arrived refugees,” Social Democratic Party councillor Helena Proos said.
Enköping has been searching for accommodation since March this year when a law requiring all municipalities accept and provide housing for migrants came into effect.
The local government has issued appeals asking private homeowners to give up their properties for newcomers, but little interest has been shown so far, the Enköpings Mail reported.